Dev Center is back!

By , Jul 26, 2013

Apple Dev Center sign-in

Apple’s Dev Center has been knocked down for more than a week following an attempted breach last Thursday that exploited an iAd Workbench vulnerability, warrantying an emergency shutdown.

Seven top priority sub-systems have gone back up this afternoon (scammers won’t like this), with eight more to follow suit soon.

I’d checked the portal out briefly prior to publication and nothing seemed out of ordinary. Most major sub-systems seem to be working now, with current iOS and OS X betas available for downloaded as if nothing had happened.

New betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5 and OS X Mavericks should become available after Apple brings the remaining systems online. It was just yesterday that Apple updated us on the outage and posted a brand new Dev Center System Status page…

According to the Dev Center System Status dashboard, all crucial systems were operational as of Friday, July 28, 2013, at 2:56 PM PDT.

As the snapshot top of post depicts, the live services include iOS Dev Center, Mac Dev Center, Safari Dev Center, iTunes Connect, Bug Reporter, Software Downloads and Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.

Apple Dev Center System Status (20130726)

One last thing developers need from Dev Center that has yet to be up: documentation.

In addition to Pre-Release Documentation, seven more services were inaccessible at post time: Xcode Automatic Configuration, Videos, Member Center, App Store Resource Center, Program Enrollment and Renewals, Apple Developer Forums and Technical Support.

Apple has also emailed developers with the following update:

We appreciate your patience as we work to bring our developer services back online. Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, software downloads, and other developer services are now available.

If you would like to know the availability of a particular system, visit our status page.

If your program membership expired or is set to expire during this downtime, it will be extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for bearing with us while we bring these important systems back online. We will continue to update you on our progress.

Developers depend on these service so any Dev Center breach inevitably disrupts their workflow. By the way, I also love that non-devs can no longer complain about the outage (not that the actual downtime ever affected them).

Dev Center outage (Joy of Tech comic 001)

As Apple works out the remaining kinks and brings the remaining systems online, things should gradually improve going forward. We’re also aware that lots more plumbing work needs to be done: Apple previously promised it will update its server software and rebuild the entire database, which isn’t a small feat.

We plan to roll out our updated systems, starting with Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Apple Developer Forums, Bug Reporter, pre-release developer libraries, and videos first.

Well, that’s done already.

Next, we will restore software downloads, so that the latest betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5, and OS X Mavericks will once again be available to program members. We’ll then bring the remaining systems online.

Based on the above, my gut feeling tells me iOS 7 Beta 4 will be issued next Monday.

Place your bets down in the comments below.

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  • Kevin Guzman

    SWEET!

  • Tsk Tsk.

    The fact that they had to rebuild the whole thing from the ground just shows how vulnerable their system was. It shouldn’t take this sort of thing for a company to be serious. They should have been using the best possible system to take care of their clients credentials which clearly was not the case if they had to completely restart from the bottom.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It was a cross site scripting bug which as far as I know can happen to any website…

    • Mac_Guy

      The fact that they did rebuild the entire “thing” from the ground shows how much they care to keep the developers information and credentials. If they just patched those couple of vulnerabilities then thats bullshit, but they started from the bottom but now we’re here! Honestly if your not a developer it shouldn’t concern you

      • Preet Patel

        well said

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        When it’s not Apple, it’s considered as a security flaw
        When it’s Apple, it’s considered as caring

      • Misti curia

        Lol

      • hhfh

        started from the bottom, now were here couldnt be more intended to apple in a couple years

    • Adham

      If this was true, then every single security system in the whole world would be failproof and security researchers would be useless.

    • Anthony Aaron Anderson

      As other people have pointed out, your complaints are fundamentally flawed. Have you ever even built a website in your life?? There are plenty of reasons they could have rebuilt from the ground up. Sometimes just rewriting a small script can lead to massive compatibility issues. Changing anything major in a website as dynamic and complicated as the apple developer portal, could lead to everything failing (or worse, it could cause another, unexpected bug that could go unnoticed for years). Which would lead to more debugging time, and in turn more development time. Which equals two things: 1 pissed customers (in this case developers), and 2 more money they have to pay the team of software engineers. They could have rebuilt it simply because it was going to be cheaper, easier, faster, and (most importantly to us) more effective to have done it that way. So unless you actually know what is going on, it’s usually best not to complain. If the system was as flawed as you seem to think, do you really think it would have taken this many years for hundreds of thousands of DEVELOPERS to figure it out??

  • Preet Patel

    Yess….idb is the first one to notice this…congratulations

    • Joshua Catimpo

      Not really, my daily dose is IDownloadblog ( specially this one), iMore, 9to5Mac
      ive seen 9to5 said it but still… thanks idb! :) (i care even tho im not a dev)

      • Preet Patel

        nah if you look at the time of post of idb and 9to5mac, you will see that idb posted it 1 min earlier. close competition though

      • Joshua Catimpo

        You simply made my day XD
        Haha
        i know, a photo finish! :)

  • Marcus Daniel Houser

    Any News on the new Beta?

    • GuiyeC

      None yet, no iOS or Xcode beta, I guess they are going to wait until next monday and start the 2 week cycle again :/
      I sure hope not though

  • İlkim Sezen

    Come on now Apple, release the new beta!

  • MatrixGray

    yeah, but you still can’t enroll a new dev license on there. you get the same message as before.

    • Preet Patel

      it will take time bro

  • :D

    Can Ibrahim Balic please find more bugs so the dev center goes down again. I need Apple to start signing 6.1.2.

  • Kyle Greenlaw

    Man, my Developers license ran out the day before the hack and now i can’t renew it :(

    • Guest

      mistake

    • Brandon Weidema

      everyones license was extended

      • Kyle Greenlaw

        Nope, the only extent it if it HAPPENED during the hack.

    • Guest

      after the beta release

  • Adham

    My bet is Apple might drift from the standard beta releases and push out beta 4 ASAP. They gotta get back on track!

    • Nikolai197

      I bet they will put it out Monday. Anyways, iOS 7 B3 was stable enough to be usable for a while without any major flaws, so they may have just been focusing on updating the software and smoothing out the rough edges instead of worrying about putting another version out.

  • David Gitman

    BETA WHERE IS BETA?!

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Thankfully, this is good news. Hopefully the issue beta 4 earlier than Monday, but Monday the latest. I do need those documentation notes, though.

  • GuiyeC

    Where do you get that info?
    If you meant the “Software Downloads”, it is already up and no new betas.

  • Mähmööd Sergio Rähimi

    so when will IOS7 BETA 4 BE RELEASED

    • yeskia

      sometime between now and autumn….